Chisara Agoha, a feminist, has asked her ‘husband’ to transfer the properties he acquired before their marriage to her name if he wanted to remain married to her. Agoha, who usually writes satirical pieces on Facebook and Twitter, has become quite popular for presenting violence against women and girls (VAWG) in a perspective that substitutes women for men to enable her readers feel empathy for the women caught in such situations.
In her recent thread of tweets, she said that her husband who acquired a landed property before they got married had no right to reserve the property in his name if truly he respected her authority in their home. She wanted him to transfer this land to her legally as she was ‘the woman and head of the house’.
She wrote, “As your woman and your head, the property you acquired before I married you should now be in my name. This will show you are submissive. When you were single, you were free to have anything but once you are married, you should change them to my name.”
She also insisted that a single man had no right to own assets before marriage knowing his whole life was now about pleasing her after marriage. According to Agoha, sacrifices like that were what made marriages successful.
Spousal abuse especially gender-based is a troubling issue in Nigeria. Women and children suffer from some marriage precepts that discourage women from owning property or working for a living outside the home.
Some tweeps have come out to contest the validity of the instance given by Agoha failing to understand the satire, while others praise it for the way it puts abuse in perspective.
Popular Nigerian doctor on Twitter, @aprokodoctor wrote, “I love how you put these things in perspective.”